Five tribes in Washington, California, Alaska and Maine are getting a total of nearly $1 million in federal money to help imperiled marine mammals and fish.
NOAA Fisheries announced the awards Tuesday. In Washington state, the Makah Tribal Council is getting about $190,000 to study threats to Steller sea lions, southern resident killer whales and humpback whales. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is getting $300,000 for research affecting Pacific smelt in the Lower Columbia River tributaries.
Also getting money are the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government in Alaska, the Yurok Tribe in California, and the Penobscot Indian Nation in Maine.